Belly of the Beast

The day I beat my “heroin” addiction...

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Running To...

I used to hate running. I wasn’t good at it.

It scared me.  Feeling out of breath like my lungs might collapse wasn’t my idea of fun.  

So I hired a running coach, Andrea Atkins, who taught me form, breathing & more importantly to believe in myself embracing this new running journey I was on.  

I trained with my sister-in-law, Misty,  a seasoned runner who I assumed loved every minute of running.  One hot Tucson summer morning I was almost in tears saying ‘I hate this, I hate this.’ Misty, said “So do I”.

I thought I heard her wrong.  I said “YOU” hate running???  She said “Yes, sometimes, many times;  but I like the way I feel after.”

Then she said “Look ahead.  See that cactus way up there?  That’s what we are running towards.”

Then I did a half marathon.  When I saw the finish line a half mile away I sprinted as fast as I could towards it.

Running is now my therapy.  Moments of clarity come to me when I run.   

This happens to be one of them:  

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Paper Plate Special

I love to find household items to use in workouts.  

This workout uses paper plates as gliders.  Cheap & easy!  Well, easy to grab the paper plates but not easy exercises to perform.   

Watch as my client demos “The Paper Plate Special”

 

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Me & Matt

I always thought Matt, my trainer told me, “Do exactly what I tell you & this will work”.  I was shocked when I read this & it was me saying to Matt, “Tell me what to do & I will do it”.  

He always told me it was me all along, that I did this & therefore all the credit goes to me, not him.  So this is me finally owning my power—only took 5 years. 

Thank you Matt & my Alive Family.  I miss you all but carry you in my heart forever. 

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My Alive Family 

Matt in the middle : ) 

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Matt teaching my daugher how to bench press 

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Matt giving me a lift  

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The gym class loser now turned Fitness Director  

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Elliana’s Pancakes

Ingredients:

2 cups oats  

1 small carton egg whites  

2 ripe bananas

1 tsp vanilla  

Option to add chocolate chips, blueberries, nuts or whatever else you want to mix in.

coconut oil to grease griddle 

Mix ingredients in a blender until well blended.

Grease griddle with coconut oil & when hot pour batter onto griddle. 

When bubbles appear on top of pancake flip it over.  

Top with maple syrup, agave nectar or fresh fruit. 

Enjoy!   

 

 

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Filthy Fifty

My trainer, Matt Enriquez, gave this workout to me during my 80lb weight loss journey.  Now I’m paying it forward : )

Modify by not using weights for the step backs, jumping lunges & high knee presses.  Just do lunges instead of jumping lunges.  Squats instead of goblet squats.  For the squats be sure your weight is on the heels & push butt back like you are peeing in the woods!

 Step backs make sure knee stays in alignment with ankle not over the toe!  

Make sure you thrust your hips forward aggressively during the swings  & squeeze your butt tight.  

Lunges keep the knee aligned with ankle.

 Pelvic thrust make sure you squeeze your butt tight on way up & pause at the top.  

Enjoy!  

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Muffins!

I gave up muffins while shedding 80lbs but now they are back in my life thanks to this delish product!  

20g  of protein in a muffin?!  

Come in several flavors but this one is my favorite!   

Enjoy your post workout muffin!   

 

 

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Ball Transfers

Fitness is fun in the simpatico mind & body Fit for Life club!  

You can do this at home with your kids, at birthday parties or alone (transferring the ball from your hands to your feet, making sure you crunch up to grab the ball between your calves).   

Mandi Egurola, one of our simpatico mind & body emotional fitness gurus came up with this fun idea!

I love this for kids since it teaches teamwork in addition to being a great core workout! 

Soul

Took me awhile to publish this.

 This rejection knocked the wind out of my sails.

 I chose coming to the Soul Cycle audition in New York City over being there when my daughter said goodbye to the only home she ever knew in Tucson.

I chose the audition over driving across country with my daughter, husband & dog to move to our new home in NYC.

  In addition to the emptiness I felt from the rejection of not making the Soul Cycle cut, I endured the emptiness of a hot apartment for a week after the audition waiting for my family to arrive.  

It was one of the darkest times in my life.  I woke up every morning feeling literally sick to my stomach-now I know why it's called homesick.

For the first time in a very long time, I felt vulnerable. 

I doubted myself, cursed myself, felt sorry for myself.  I felt lost & completely alone questioning every decision that I made.  

All I could see was darkness.

 It's been 2 months & I am no longer afraid of getting lost.  I now know that the journey back reveals something new.  I molted.  New feathers have formed.  New realities have revealed a new way for me to fly. Deeper understanding of who I am, and what I can do.  A stronger me.  Clear on what I want.  What I am.  

I am Lisa Ceizyk, owner, founder of simpatico mind & body.   

I am all heart & soul even without Soul Cycle.  

I am a BAM.

I once was lost.  

Now I'm found.  

Was blind--but now I see.  

 

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Famous Soul Move 

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Here I go...

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Words of wisdom from my baby...

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Videos of my Soul Journey... 

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What I want now... 

Fit for Life Class

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A glimpse into Fit for Life  

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I am strong  

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My bear cubs  

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Here's to being Fit for Life  

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Maggie's move  

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Indian run  

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Even his mom noticed the changes  

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Indian run with incoming 7th graders  

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Working on form 

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Tired after beating the record for one mile  

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Wall of "I am"

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I am equals power  

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Students favorite activity besides eating! 

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Smoothies for brain health  

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I am smart. I am strong. 

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Educating the class on sugar. 

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"My favorite part was working out with you" 

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Learned how to eat in balance.  

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Lunch box makeovers  

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Laughter best medicine  

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Sign your students up today! 

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Great endorsement  

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Mighty oaks start off as acorns. 

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Non Scale Victory!!!

This is by far the quickest PR I have ever witnessed.  Going from being able to do one rotation of jump rope to 100 in just one week!

 Joey was determined from the moment he picked up that jump rope.

 I can relate to his excitement since I was only able to do one rotation of jump rope when I first started with my trainer.  It took me longer than Joey to reach my PR but I didn't practice everyday like he did!  I had jump rope phobia.  But my trainer didn't let me give in to my fear.  

 Joey proves that persistence & a positive mindset pay off.  At first Joey was only concerned about the number on the scale.  I love that he now finds pride in non-scale victories!   

It's much more rewarding to have non-scale goals.  I see it in Joey, my other clients & myself; it's empowering doing a movement you never thought you'd be able to do.

Focusing on the number on the scale became an obsession for me.  I stopped checking in with my body to feel what was going on & started allowing the scale to determine my happiness.  If I stepped on and was up I'd be depressed the rest of the day.  I would be angry & snap at my family the rest of the day.  I was a world class bitch because of my scale obsession.

I weighed myself multiple times a day to see if the number changed.  I didn't eat or drink hoping that would make it change.  I weighed myself before & after a workout to see the change.  I drove myself & my trainer crazy.  At one point he made my daughter hide the scale.  To this day I still don't know where she hid it.

Looking back I can't believe I allowed an inanimate object to determine my mental state.   

I am so proud that Joey has already learned the value of non scale victories--and he's only in 5th grade!!  

My New Gym

The last 20lbs I lost melted off in the great outdoors. 

The last few bitches I like to call them.  I would meet my trainer in cold weather, scorching hot weather, rain, didn't matter I was there to train. 

Anyone can train in the comfort of a climate controlled gym.  If you really want to condition your body train outdoors. 

You will naturally work on balance navigating uneven terrain. 

You will work with resistance, running against the wind.

Your cardiovascular system will get a workout battling the elements of weather. 

You will work on agility dodging dogs, dog poop & people. 

There are stairs you can climb to lift your booty.  Benches you can do dips off of & step ups on.

My own coach in Arizona, Andrea Atkins, recently reminded me of this. I was complaining that I don't have a gym here in NYC yet.  She replied "A gym? You don't need a gym!  Create your own.  Use the great outdooors as your playground AKA gym."

Thanks Coach!  Even from afar you are motivating me 😘

Brush Your Teeth

Make fitness a habit just like brushing your teeth.  

Do you stop brushing your teeth just because you're on vacation?  No!  Do you stop brushing your teeth when life throws curve balls at you? No!   

My goal for all clients is they won't feel good when they skip workouts or indulge too much. 

When I first started on my weight loss journey I was shocked when my trainer had me workout on vacation!  My family was not happy, but we all did it together.  

We do HIIT in small hotel rooms, try out boutique gyms where we vacation, run outdoors enjoying new scenery, and workout on the beach or by the pool.  Sometimes we wake up and want nothing to do with exercising on vacation but we do it anyway.  Other times we indulge too much and feel so gross when we wake up that we can't wait to sweat it out.   

Now it's just part of our routine no matter where we are or what's going on in our life.  

If I don't get my workout I get the same gross fuzzy feeling in my mind and body that my teeth get when I don't brush them.

 It's now officially a habit. Even if I wanted to I'd never be able to go back to my old way of living.

 Thank God.

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A client sent this to me while she was on vacation. True success story! 

My Choice

Mandi exemplifies my goal for every client: 

"I choose to be healthy, to eat for my health & fitness goals, to stay active & present in my life, to workout with integrity, to know I already am whatever it is I desire to be, to know I am worth it.   Not because my trainer told me to but because I choose to"  -simpatico mind & body 

Protein powder

Clients are always asking me to suggest a good protein powder.  This one is great because it has very few ingredients, sugar & carbs in addition to 22g of protein.  

I like to add protein powder to my coffee for a morning latte!

 I mix the protein powder with almond milk to get in a little fat/carb also.   Always thinking about balance when I eat.  Protein, fat & carb at every meal. 

Thank you to my model/client, Dawna for the demo.  That beautiful face & skin is the result of 65 & 1/2 years of clean living, active lifestyle & positive mental attitude.  She is a not only a true BAM (bad ass mom) but also a BAG! 😘

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